Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Pit Stop at the Dunes

On Jake and Everett's journey to WA, they stayed a couple nights with our friends in Utah and even went to the dunes. 

*road trip pit stops... just getting the essentials. Costco Pizza and soda. 

Everett has been begging Jake for years to get him a 4-wheeler. This was Everett's first real experience at the dunes and on a 4-wheeler. 

I think he had fun. It sounds like it was hot (and sandy 😆) and Everett accidentally ran into one of the other boys and burned his leg pretty good. Everett felt so bad and the other boys kept teasing him (all in good fun) but Everett is so sensitive so he didn't ride by himself after that. 

But it looks like they all bonded over the iPads which probably means he had a great time. 

The next day they made their way to WA. We were so happy to see them!

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

The Trip "Begins"

It would probably be helpful if life stopped for a week so I could get all caught up... but that must be the wish for most people.

I'll start 8 weeks back...

*dumpster diving for boxes. 

Packing up and moving out of our house... all the while feeling a little anxious knowing that at any second the whole offer and sale of our house could fall through.

Packing up and moving out. It was very bittersweet.
We are excited for the new things ahead of us but will miss the comforts (friends, neighbors, familiarity) we left behind. BUT we did leave some things behind that we were happy to leave behind too :)

The actual packing was a pain because Roxy is NUTS. 

We had several friends that were instrumental in helping us move. We couldn't have done it without them. THANK YOU!!!

So were moving. And we're headed to WA for a month. But we don't have a new house lined up. Because we're actually building a new one. So we have to rent one while the new one is being built but don't want to pay rent for the month we won't even be here so we moved everything into storage. 

*There is also a back story and another reason why we moved everything into storage. There is a lady in Jake's BNI group that had a rental house close to his office that we were going to rent. She had undesirable renters and was kicking them out and said we could move in August 1st (without a credit check or contract). The bummer was that Everett started school July 26th and our flights were scheduled to come back July 24th. So we extended our flights two weeks (after triple checking the house would work out) and Jake and Everett made arrangements to stay with a friend until the rental was ready. THEN she decided not to kick her renters out and we were stuck (somewhat last minute) without a place lined up. So we took the chance and left town "homeless". PLUS I really wanted to find a rental close to where our new house would be built so we could put Everett in his new school and life wouldn't change too too much once the new house was done. So by the time I un-enrolled him at his school (this is required), got the 5,000 papers and shot records ready and went to enroll him in the new school they aren't taking anymore open enrollment students. It was a blast trying to get him re-enrolled at his old school. *

Almost everything fit into a 10X30 storage unit. We also had to be a little strategic because we had to leave things out for our trip to WA and we also had to pack specific boxes to be immediately accessible for when we got back 2 days before school started.We didn't even know if we'd be in a house or living with friends or in a tent when we got back...

The girls and I left for the airport early one Thursday morning in June.

 I wanted one last family picture in front of our house. Breckie gets attacked by fire ants and wakes up the neighborhood with her screams and then we missed our flight. So that was exciting :) And that was pretty much how our entire trip to WA went. It was like everything almost or barely worked out (which of course we are grateful for... it was just super stressful!).

But we made it. We made it to WA and were greeted by Jake's parents, his sister Brianna, her daughter Haley, and our niece Maleah at the airport.

Meanwhile Jake and Everett finish moving the last truckload, cleaned the house, and stayed the night with a friend. 

They left the next morning for Utah. They both "don't mind" road trips and were making a pit stop in Utah to ride at the dunes with friends... so don't feel too bad for them :)

Monday, August 14, 2017

The Story of Our New-New House

Before I write about WA, I need to finishing writing about before we even left!

So we have a solid offer for someone to buy our house so we start looking at other houses on the market. I really wasn't loving anything. There were so many houses that I liked but I'd want to change the floor or kitchen and put a lot of updates and money into the house so it didn't make sense to buy any of these houses that weren't in "fixer upper" condition or price and then "fix them up."

Then I found one I could totally live with. I liked it a lot and the price seemed reasonable. AND THEN I realized it was in a very new neighborhood. So new they were still building the houses so I could have that same house but even more the way I liked it (style/finishes, etc)

So suddenly were buying a new house!

Here are some screen shots of parts of the model. 

*The cabinets, granite, hardware, and flooring we chose.

It's such a cool house. I think we've been to the model like 100 times. We are 6 weeks into the house (and were SO SO SO busy packing and moving and getting everything ready) and then literally ONE WEEK before we left for WA I took our kids to a splash pad (that is within a new neighborhood) and decided to stop and walk through the models there. 

There are a lot of details I'm leaving out but basically I was like "Jake, we're dumb. If we're going to buy/build a new house how come we didn't look at all the models in all of the neighborhoods!" 

And he was like "Babe! Don't even! We LOVE our house. Plus we can't change anyways. We've already picked out the finishes and have financing and even put our earnest money down!" 

Then I took him by the new house that I wanted and we talked and talked and talked and basically it came down to a few deciding factors and I said some major prayers and WE CHANGED HOUSES/BUILDERS.

It was SO stressful. But Jake thanks me almost daily. 

We ended up getting our earnest money back and the new-new house is going to be great. The old-new house was going to be legit too, but we are so thankful everything worked out the way it has. 

We are really excited and anxious to move in... and it's still just a dirt lot at this point!!

And that's the story of how I made the most stressful time in our lives a bit more stressful 😆

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Quite The Adventure

We are back. 
Back from WA and back to real life. 
The crazy thing is that real life never stopped while we were gone so it's been difficult to catch up. 

I'm overwhelmed with the stories I'd like to remember and pictures to sort. 
A lot has happened in the last 8 weeks. 
A lot of good and bad. 

I feel like Murphy's Law took over most of this trip. 
Hopefully I'll get to write all about it soon!

Monday, June 19, 2017

Father's Day

On our way home from Summer Regional we stopped by to see my dad and wish him a happy Father's Day. 

And this is the fun we had trying to get a picture! 

Luckily we ended up with one (mostly) good one!!

Happy Father's day to the young ones and the older ones!